Can BB form whitish mats?

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I just poured some Stability into my "problem" tank yesterday and I poured it in near to each of the 2 filters. This morning, right next to the sponge filter, I've got a huge, whitish bacterial mat! Would it grow wherever it happened to find a large source of food and a place to settle (it's attached to several plant stems) can it do this?!
 

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That's weird. I've used stability a lot and never had this happen. Got a pic of it?
 
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Ta-da!

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I'm not sure what that is. Hopefully someone else can help. Very strange that it happened after you added Stability.
 
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It grew right where I poured it in, too. All I can figure is that it found a good food source and/or a foothold right there and settled down to start a family
 

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Hmm, I don't know. The bacteria is microscopic in size, what you have there looks like chunks of gunk, lol. bio-film of some sort maybe? I have no idea.
 
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It does look like a bacterial mat, basically, slime! I just don't know whether I should leave it or take it out. Or maybe get stronger filtration!
 

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be safe. take it out
 

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It's a mold or fungus. Harmless, and will die back when the food source has gone.
 
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Could the Stability be a source of that though? When I checked that tank this morning the power filter on the other side of the tank from that stuff had almost no flow so I decided to clean the media. It was completely blocked by "slime"!
 

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Some of the stability may have settled on the substrate there?
 
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I don't know. I'd written to Seachem on Saturday about whether I should do water changes while using it (silly me started it just before the next change was due) and got a response this morning. I've now written back to them about the slime issue!

I'm thinking I might be better off with a bigger filter anyway, rather than 2 small ones. I just didn't want huge flow around the tank upsetting Andre since he can't swim very well. But maybe I need greater flow to prevent these bacterial mats?!

Oh, and it's a bare-bottom setup.
 

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What did they tell you about water changes out of curiosity?
 
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Best to avoid them to give the bacteria a chance to adhere to the filter media
 
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